Skid Hits 10 As Bulls Lose To DePaul 66-80

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Sammy Mejia had 21 points as DePaul snapped a six-game losing streak in an 80-66 victory over USF on Friday night.

Mejia had been slowed by an injured left ankle, and scored only five points over 24 minutes in Tuesday's 64-44 loss to Georgetown. He had 16 points in the opening half against South Florida, helping DePaul take a 38-30 halftime lead.

DePaul (9-11, 2-7 Big East) also got 16 points from Karron Clarke. The six consecutive losses was the Blue Demons' longest skid since a nine-game stretch from Dec. 3, 1997-Jan. 11, 1998.

Melvin Buckley had 22 points for USF (6-15, 0-8), which has lost 10 straight games. The losing skid equals the second longest in school history, and is two away from the South Florida record set Jan. 21-Feb. 16, 1980.

DePaul scored the first seven points of the second half, including a lay up by Rashad Woods, in taking a 45-30 lead with 17 minutes left. The lead was extended to 57-38 with 11½ minutes remaining after Wesley Green scored five consecutive points.

USF got within 76-63 with 1:21 to go on James Holmes' 3-pointer. Mejia made three free throws in the final 70 seconds.

Game Leaders

DePaul

Sammy Mejia
PPG Reb Asst FG%
21 3 3 .533
South Florida
Melvin Buckley
PPG Reb Asst FG%
22 5 0 .438
 
 

Box Score

South Florida Bulls

 Name M FG FT TR A PF PTS
M. Buckley,G/F 38 7-15 2-2 5 0 0 22
M. Mattis 32 2-3 1-2 7 0 1 5
S. Jones, F/C 39 5-13 6-7 11 0 3 16
C. Dennis, G 16 0-2 2-4 0 5 2 2
J. Holmes, G 40 6-20 4-5 4 1 4 19
M. Richardson, F 7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
C. Capko, G 27 1-3 0-0 0 5 4 2
E. Lovett 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0

DePaul Blue Demons

 Name M FG FT TR A PF PTS
K. Clark, F 33 6-9 2-2 3 4 1 16
W. Chandler, F 27 6-9 3-4 6 3 3 15
M. Brumfield, C 25 1-2 1-2 5 2 3 3
S. Mejia, G 36 8-15 3-4 3 3 1 21
C. Clinkscales, G 19 1-2 2-2 5 4 3 4
J. Currie, G 21 3-6 2-2 3 3 0 8
D. Burns, G 10 0-1 2-2 2 2 2 2
W. Green, C 15 3-4 0-0 4 0 2 7
D. Gladfstone, F 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
M. Heard, F 13 2-4 0-0 2 0 2 4
Totals 200 30-52 15-18 33 21 17 80
  .577 .833 Team Reb: 2

 


Next Game

DePaul

Date Time Team
2/7 8:30 pm Prov

South Florida

Date Time Team
2/8 7:00 pm SetonH

 


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